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Logan Morrison has 21 home runs already

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The current top-three on the home run leaderboard is not what anyone predicted going into the 2017 season. Aaron Judge leads the way with 23 followed by Logan Morrison at 21 and Eric Thames at 20. No one else has crossed the 20-homer plateau yet.

Morrison may be the most surprising member of that list. He homered twice more on Sunday against the Tigers, bringing him from 19 to 21 on the season. He’s just two shy of matching his career high of 23 home runs in one season, and we still have 90 games left.

Along with the 21 dingers, Morrison has scored 40 runs, knocked in 47 runs, and compiled a .245/.353/.572 triple-slash line in 272 plate appearances. Not bad from a guy the Rays signed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract back in February.

Nick Williams has been trying to sell Jake Arrieta on the Phillies

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CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.

Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”

On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”

Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.

Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.